Sunday, August 14, 2016

How to Make Healthy Indian Fish Curry For Kids

What's better-Chinese leftovers or Indian leftovers? I posed this question on facebook, and although there was some debate, the resounding winner was Indian leftovers. I tend to agree. Although Chinese and Indian cuisine are both quite tasty, the flavor, heat, and creaminess of Indian food make for delicious leftovers.

One of the reasons Indian food tastes so good and also holds up the next day, is Indian food is chock full of spices. There are so many spices in Indian cooking that it can be quite intimidating to attempt to prepare Indian food yourself. In fact, the sheer number of ingredients in Indian food can be overwhelming.  

However, once I became familiar with why certain ingredients were used, I was able to group certain ingredients together conceptually, which simplified things for me. For instance, I just group all the spices like curry, tumeric, cumin, coriander, and garam masala together in my mind as "Indian spices." Furthermore, I group all the ingredients like tomatoes, onions, ginger, and fat into my mind as "Indian sauce."  

I found this recipe for Indian fish curry that was simple and approachable, yet packed with authentic Indian flavors. I thought the use of onion, garlic, ginger, and cashews ground into a paste was a great idea for making a simple sauce. Try making it for your kids. Not only will everyone like it, they will like it even more as leftovers the next day!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

How to Make Healthy Grilled Caesar Salad For Kids

My mom didn't do a lot of cooking when we were growing up. She was too busy saving lives…literally. She practiced as an Emergency Medicine doctor before switching over to Internal Medicine. As such, she is much more accustomed to putting out fires than I am..figuratively. Once I asked her how she was able to deal with acute life or death situations, and she responded, "It's fun!" 

My mom never cooked anything fancy or overly complicated, but I have always loved my mother's home cooking. She made sure to do a quick stir fry so that we would always have some vegetables on our plate. One surprising vegetable that she used to stir fry often was lettuce. And I liked it. In fact, I didn't realize I was eating cooked lettuce until well into adulthood. 

Cooked lettuce is not only surprisingly good, it is one of my most favorite ways to ironically eat salad. The other day, we had some people over for a barbecue, and as usual, I figured it would be a great opportunity to experiment with live subjects. I looked up this recipe for Grilled Caesar Salad. This recipe has all the flavors of a traditional Caesar salad, with the unique aspect of grilled romaine lettuce. It was a hit at our party and could just make your kids fans of salad!

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